The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City Series #9)

The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City Series #9)

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Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters—Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past.

Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the sixteen-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty, troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

The ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, The Days of Anna Madrigal is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world since 1976.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482991253
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Series: Tales of the City Series , #9
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Armistead Maupin is the author of numerous novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. His novels Sure of You and The Days of Anna Madrigal made the New York Times bestsellers list. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three novels in the Tales series. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. He was born in Washington, DC, in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. He worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971.

Kate Mulgrew has performed on stage in Shaw, Shakespeare, and Tennessee Williams; she has starred in such films as A Stranger is Watching and Round Numbers; she has also done considerable work on television.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

May 13, 1944

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Anna Madrigal's near final gasp, this was very disappointing. Had loved all the other books and of course, the tv series. So guess I expected more of a punch!
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
I was soooo looking forward to this book. All the characters are there but it just didn't have the same heart as all the others. If you've read all the others you can skip this one [in my opinion]
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
The latest (ninth) and, reportedly, last in the wonderful 'Tales of The City' series, 'Days of Anna Madrigal' sees the benevolent and quirky former landlady of 28 Barbary Lane now aged 92, frail in body, but still alert in mind. The cast of surviving friends are here - Michael Tolliver, Brian Hawkins, Mary Ann Singleton - all older but still ready for an adventure. They join 60,000 revellers who build a city to last just a week in the desert. For Anna though, she has reached a point in her life when it's time to revisit her past, left behind 75 years earlier when, as a troubled and confused boy, something devastating happened which made her run away from the whorehouse run by her mother. Armistead Maupin's writing is, as always, sublime - with witty, quirky dialogue and scenes that make you laugh, or even cry. Meeting up with the characters again is like welcoming old friends back, and when I turned the final page, it was with a lump in my throat. Thoroughly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most engaging reads in awhile. I felt like I was back at 28 Barbary Lane. I hope there will be another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent conclusion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last in the series-im both sad and elated to have been part of this "logical" family, thank you Amistead Maupin for all the memories• Jonathan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a satisfying end of a long running series that has touched hearts and taught people about long term disability from AIDS and gerontolgy. I have been a long term fan if this author since the series began and the miniseries was broadcast. These characters are my friends, my community, my relatives... Michael "Mouse" and his husband Ben, Anna Madrigal and her transexual friends and housemates all end up at Burning Man, an alternative long running concert. Anna and her friends return to her hometown to revist memories and "right wrongs". Since the characters are reaching the end of their lives, these issues are addressed openly as well. Maupin is one of my favorite contempary authors. His insights are always very well presented and with a great deal of humor. This is the 9th in a series originally set as six. Who knows...Anna might make centarian stages before it really ends. One can always hope
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dalexb More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Armistead's works since he began in the 80's. They have only gotten better and better! I certainly hope taht he never stops!
Frogendor More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Armistead Maupin and his books for a long time. I was first introduced to his style from a San Francisco paper. I literally couldn't wait for the next installments. I have read and re-read the whole series multiple times. He has wonderful way of writing where the characters live and feel like old friends. I know a good book when I start to slow myself as I near the end because I don't want it to be over and his works are ones I never wanted to end. I wanted to live at Barbary Lane with Mrs. Madrigal and still do.
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Good book as it tied up loose ends with the characters as the previous two books had. But it didn't finish Anna's story, as the ending leaves open the door to speculation about what happened at Burning Man with Anna and with Michael's health. A worthy ending to a great book series.
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If you're not familiar with the precious " in" language of the gayoirsie, these frequent references may put you off. Disappointing end to a series I totally "got" and loved. L in Boston
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The book as they said it all what we really dont care for in our recreational reading thanks